Volunteer in Galapagos Islands

Cornelia
Cornelia
Cornelia
Cornelia
Cornelia
GERMANY
Galapagos Islands

I just returned from an amazing volunteering trip to the Galapagos Islands. I got the chance to support the local school with English classes and Science classes which are now also taught in English.

For me volunteering was the perfect combination and I received great support from the volunteering coordinators. I lived with a local family and got a peek into the Ecuadorian way of living and eating (especially the breakfast is yummy!), I worked with a great team in the school which gave me the opportunity to truly participate and because the town is so small I met my students everywhere and enjoyed the fact that I knew people and they knew me. The kids were super and I had fun not only to teach but also play volleyball with them.

In my experience, it is helpful to speak Spanish. While the people on the island are very friendly many don’t speak English and to participate in the conversations speaking Spanish at least on a basic level is beneficial.

Even though it seems quiet there is always something going on in the community. Soccer games, beach volleyball, school events...  The nature is breath-taking and makes the experience even better. Please keep in mind that it is an island and some things are a little different than on the mainland e.g. the internet connection is often slow which is great if you’re ready to connect with nature instead of YouTube for a while. It was a great experience, thank you Love Volunteers!

Jim
Jim
CANADA
Galapagos Islands

I was a volunteer with Love Volunteers on the Galapagos from April 24 to May 4, 2012, and this was really the best trip I have ever taken for two main reasons. First, the people involved were all extremely friendly, helpful, and informative. This applies to the staff with Love Volunteers as well as the staff and other volunteers we met at our placement on the Galapagos. If you enjoy meeting and working with good people, as well as learning a lot about the people and the islands themselves, this is definitely an opportunity I highly recommend. Second, the scenery and wildlife on the Galapagos islands are fascinating and beautiful. Literally every day had me saying "Wow" out loud to something I was seeing or experiencing. It's an absolutely beautiful and unique place to explore, and doing so as a volunteer offers some opportunities that you would not ordinarily get to experience as a regular tourist to the islands.I didn't know which photo to post: I could have chosen one showing the great people I worked with, one showing us doing some of the fun and unique work at the station, one with some of the amazing wildlife we saw... but I chose this photo taken on Isabela island during one of our weekend excursions... probably the most beautiful place I've ever visited, a true must-see place on Earth.